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Why Aren’t There More Black Americans Making Wine?

Why Aren’t There More Black Americans Making Wine?

Olivia Pope, the heroine of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Scandal, is the first black heroine to grace the small screen in 40 years. But the importance of her performance has had a ripple effect beyond just increasing diversity in the television industry. Magnificent in her mastery of all those around her, Olivia Pope is also unique […]

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The Last New York City Dive Bar – How Sophie’s Has Managed To Survive For Over 100 Years

The Last New York City Dive Bar – How Sophie’s Has Managed To Survive For Over 100 Years

A talented Playboy staff writer once defined a dive bar as a “church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.” A truer description of the Lower East Side watering hole Sophie’s could not have […]

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The Wine Glass Ceiling: How Pregnancy Impacts A Somm’s Career

The Wine Glass Ceiling: How Pregnancy Impacts A Somm’s Career

Sommellerie can seem to be an especially elite and glamorous field, one that’s somehow devoid of the typical challenges facing service industry workers. From the outside, it is easy to overlook the reality that the job of a sommelier is still within the service industry, with labor-intensive duties and hours that often go deep into […]

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